For anyone who went through elementary school at MCS (like me!), this date surely conjures up memories of giggles & cheers resounding across the great green playground while all grades, K-6, romped about bouncing the Earth ball around, tossing water balloons, & singing Every Day is Earth Day under the bright sun. “Field Day” was our way of celebrating the Earth (at least this is how my childhood memories organize themselves — am I wrong, JC?), & to this day I can’t think of a better celebration. We felt the sun, the wind, the water & the Earth that we are all so lucky to have around us.
As a young adult, now too far removed from those days to even be sure if my memory serves me right, I struggle to find an appropriate way to celebrate one of my favourite holidays while still responsibly participating in my social obligations (ie. work). Of course, I live in a city now so it’s hard for me to get back to my roots (the Lakes Region of New Hampshire — the most beautiful place in the world), & there isn’t much appreciation of nature going on around here (even a city as liberal as this). But I will do my best when Thursday rolls around, & I encourage you to do the same! Now’s the time to plan for it! Go buy some seeds & set aside some time to plant, or take a trip to the ocean (this is most likely what we’ll do). No matter what you decide to do, please take at least an hour out of your day to thank the Earth for all that nurturing she has been giving us since the beginning of her birth. Right now the weatherman is predicting a bit of a rainy day, but even rain is necessary for the balance of things, & April showers…well, you know what they bring